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No Strings USA will be filming a set of films for children in Syrian refugee camps focusing on trauma healing, and peace building.
No Strings USA
NY, New York
United States
1 Team Member


No Strings, USA is a not-for-profit producer of educational and informational PUPPET films for children in the developing world. We are now preparing to produce two puppet films for the refugee children of Syria. One to directly address their current trauma and the other to help begin the peace building process for their future. Our funding partners have managed to raise most of the money for these films, but to finish them we must raise $50,000.

That is why we are asking for your help.

Our contacts on the ground in the refugee camps along Syria’s boarders tell us that the need is desperate and time is of the essence. We have started production on these two films hoping to get the additional $50,000 we need in order to be able to deliver the films by our deadline in mid-October.

The money raised will go towards the post-production on these important films; editing, sound mixing, dialogue looping, music composition and recording, visual effects, etc.

Please help us complete these life-saving films!


The situation in Syria is more than horrific, especially for the children. They are traumatized by the loss of their homes and their loved ones and by the horrors so many of them have seen. These children live in terrible circumstances and worse than that many live in terror, hopelessness and deep, deep sadness! Thankfully there are wonderful NGO’S (Non Governmental Organizations) working night and day to provide food and shelter for the Syrian refugees. Supporting their work by addressing the trauma these children experience is something No Strings is in a unique position to address.

Last year we did three films for children in Haiti. We recently got a report about two little girls (sisters) whose parents had been killed in the earthquake and who had been dug out of the rubble barely alive. The girls were so traumatized that neither of them had spoken a word since… not spoken for three years! They were in a group that was shown our film on trauma… a story with a similar situation. Afterwards they began to speak again. This is only one of many such stories that show the impact these films are having.

You can help make something like this happen for refugee children of Syria.

You can help us make these films happen! We need you!

Donate now! We only have 30 days to reach our goal!


Thus far we have made 13 short films that have been dubbed into 24 languages and are being shown to children and families in 14 countries. Our experience has shown us that what we are doing works...that PUPPETS WORK! 

Our films have reached children in Afghanistan, Haiti, South East Asia and East Africa dealing with issues surrounding conflict and peace, HIV/AIDS, natural disaster preparedness and poverty. 

The films are culturally sensitive for the countries they are made for and dubbed into local languages. We train local facilitators in imaginative ways to present the films so that audiences fully explore their important lessons.

As children anywhere in the world will tell you, there's a huge difference between being TOLD important information, and having that information come alive. Puppet films offer a wonderfully vivid and non-threatening approach to sensitive information & issues.


No Strings strives for excellence. It is because of our team’s generosity, professionalism and diverse talents that we are able to create these lifesaving, informational films with the highest production values. This amazing team of artists and technicians includes many Emmy Award nominees and winners, and an Oscar nominee including:

Kathy Mullen (The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Crystal)

Michael K. Frith (Former Head of Creative Services and Executive Vice President for The Muppets)

Heather Asch (Sesame Street, Between the Lions, Johnny and The Sprites)

Sharon Lerner (Former Vice President and Creative Director Sesame Street,VP Publisher Children,s Media Random House)

Laura Brock (Johnny and the Sprites, Across the Universe)

Luke Geissbuhler (Borat, Buck, The Muppets, Space Balloon, and Time Freak for which he received an Oscar nomination)

and MANY more talented artists and technicians.


Throughout the campaign, we will be posting updates… peeks at the new puppets as we build them, some videos of the ongoing pre-production process, some trailers of our past work and lots more. In addition all of our donors at or above the $5 level will get a daily update from the set during production in September. We also have some cool perks for our donors (listed to the right,) including visits to the set this September and autographed limited edition artwork by Michael K. Frith.



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This campaign ended on August 31, 2013
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  • $1USD
    Our Deepest Thanks

    Each donor at this level will receive a thank you e-mail from a member of our production team.

    2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $5USD
    Thank You and Set Updates

    Each donor at this level will receive a Thank You e-mail from a member of our team as well as our campaign updates and daily updates from the set during production. (ALL DONORS AT OR ABOVE THIS LEVEL WILL BE SUBSCRIBED TO OUR UPDATES)

    11 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25USD
    Magical Magus Magnet

    Each donor at this level will receive Michael K. Frith designed image of one of our lead characters printed on 3.5" x 2" magnet .

    31 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $50USD
    Copy of the Films

    Each donor at this level will receive either a DVD copy of OR a digital download link to the two completed films.

    28 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $100USD
    No Strings Tote Bag

    Donors at this level will receive a canvas tote bag with an image designed for the films by Michael K. Frith printed on it.

    17 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $250USD
    Limited Edition Print

    Each donor at this level will receive a limited edition print, autographed and designed by Michael K Frith for the films.

    5 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500USD
    Screening Party Invite

    At this donation level you and a guest will be invited to join the cast and crew at the first screening of the completed films in New York City. Please note that No Strings will NOT provide travel to and from the screening. The date of the screening will be determined once the films are complete and the donors will be contacted via email.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Set Visit

    You and a guest will be invited to visit the set during our shoot the second week of September in New York City. While there you can also take a photo with the puppet of your choice. Please note that No Strings will NOT provide travel to and from the set. Each donor will be contacted to schedule their individual visit.

    1 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $1,750USD
    Set Visit and Party

    You and a guest will be invite to the set AND to the screening party. Please note that No Strings will not provide travel to and from either event. Donors will be contacted to schedule their individual visits.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $2,500USD
    On Screen Credit

    Donors at this level will see their name on screen, with a thank you in the credits of the films as well as receiving the benefits of all of the perks from the $25-$1000 levels.

    2 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Associate Producer Credit

    Donors at this level will be credited as an Associate Producer in the films credits and receive all of the perks from the $25-$1000 levels.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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